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Monday, September 18, 2006

Be Obedient To Your Calling


Are you in such a place of being lukewarm that another believer has to give, serve, or speak to make up for you not doing what you are called to do?





from A.W.Tozer

Revival: Poured-out Devotion

Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
--Philippians 2:29-30

That many Christians in our day are lukewarm and somnolent will not be denied by anyone with an anointed eye, but the cure is not to stir them up to a frenzy of activity. That would be but to take them out of one error and into another. What we need is a zealous hunger for God, an avid thirst after righteousness, a pain-filled longing to be
Christlike and holy. We need a zeal that is loving, self-effacing and lowly. No other kind will do.

That pure love for God and men which expresses itself in a burning desire to advance God's glory and leads to poured-out devotion to the temporal and eternal welfare of our fellow men is certainly approved of God; but the nervous, squirrel-cage activity of self-centered and ambitious religious leaders is just as certainly offensive to Him and will prove at last to have been injurious to the souls of countless millions of human beings. The Size of the Soul, 81-82.

3 comments:

Melissa said...

I totally had to look up 'somnolent'! A.W. Tozer didn't beat around any bushes, did he? Once again you've given me cause to look inward and check my 'temperature'.

22One7.org said...

I love that he beat around no bush. He was about the ministry of God. This Scripture brought so many questions to my mind.

*Is someone else having to encourage your husband? Pray for your pastor? Feed those in need? Live by example? Love your child? Equip the saints?

Here is the definition of Somnolent for anyone else who might need it.

som·no·lent (sŏm'nə-lənt)
adj.
Drowsy; sleepy.
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

One adjective for the word was hypnotic as though it put others in a trance as well. Interesting. We must guard ourselves against this!

22One7.org said...

I meant one synonym for the word, not adjective.

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